Hike sales tax? City Hall seeks someone to say ‘No way’ | ParkRecord.com

Hike sales tax? City Hall seeks someone to say ‘No way’

City Hall is seeking someone or an organization to draft a statement in opposition to a municipal ballot measure asking to slightly increase sales taxes.

Parkites will decide the ballot measure on Election Day. Officials want to include an opposition statement in an information pamphlet that will be published explaining the ballot measure. The pamphlet will also include a statement drafted by supporters.

Nate Rockwood, who works in the Budget Department and was involved in the discussions about the ballot measure, said nobody had approached City Hall by the middle of the week requesting they be allowed to provide a statement in opposition.

There was not public opposition as the Park City Council considered the whether to place the measure to voters earlier in the year.

Rockwood said the pamphlet will be mailed to postal addresses inside Park City and posted on state and county voter websites.

He said the Historic Park City Alliance, a group that represents businesses on or close to Main Street, is expected to lead the efforts to draft a statement in support of the ballot measure.

The opposition statement is limited to 500 words. Rockwood said City Hall wants notice that someone or an organization will submit an opposition statement.

Statements must be provided to City Hall by Sept. 14. They will then be forwarded to the Summit County Clerk’s Office by Sept. 17. The clerk is the county’s top elections official.

For more information, contact Rockwood at 615-5179 or nrockwood@parkcity.org.

If the ballot measure passes, a portion of the sales tax known as the resort communities sales and use tax will increase slightly. The tax is paid on all purchases inside the Park City limits except unprepared foods like those bought at grocery stores to cook.

City Hall has estimated the increase could net the government another $3.2 million in the 2014 fiscal year running from mid-2013 until mid-2014. It does not have a sunset date. The money would be used to fund construction projects in the Main Street district, Old Town improvements, storm drain upgrades and conservation purchases.

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